Alexandre Jiménez

Pastoral Year

Theological College
College of William and Mary

Although I am a seminarian for the Diocese of Richmond, I grew up in Northern Virginia.  My dad is from El Salvador and my mom is from Brazil, and I have one older brother who is eight years older than me.  My favorite hobbies include playing tennis and soccer.  After finishing high school, I went to the College of William and Mary where I majored in French and Francophone Studies and minored in Psychology.

During my time at William and Mary, I become involved with the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM).  CCM helped me so much in terms of discerning a possible call to the priesthood.  In CCM, I met my closest friends (all of which were also discerning a vocation), I developed a deeper prayer life, I went on discernment retreats organized by the diocese, and I was just able to be in a safe environment where I could grow in my relationship with God.

I was very hesitant about my decision to apply to seminary.  “Will I do a good job?”  “Will people like me?”  “Am I as cool as the current seminarians?”  But one day Jesus encouraged me with these words that I believe He spoke to my heart, “Alex, go to the priesthood and do not be afraid.”  I am so glad I decided to take the plunge after His words.  During my time in seminary, I have grown and I have received so many gifts and blessings from the Lord along the way.  I know that He loves me and that He will be with me in whatever He calls me to.

  • Favorite Book: The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
  • Favorite Saint: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
  • Home Parish: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Woodbridge, VA